Spring 2016 Foreign and Independent Film Series


Sponsored by the Office of Student Life


Brookens Auditorium

The Foreign and Independent Film Series is a Student Life-sponsored series that hosts a variety of critically acclaimed independent and foreign films.. Attendance is FREE! If you have suggestions for future films for this series, please e-mail Cynthia Thompson.  

February 5 – Like Water for Chocolate (1993), from Mexico (in Spanish), 140 minutes, Rated R

In a forgotten Mexico, Tita and Pedro fall in love, but are forbidden to marry.  Mama Elena sees Tita’s role as her caretaker for life – no younger daughter has ever married and her daughter will not be the first to break tradition. Tita’s heart breaks when her mother instead offers to Pedro her other daughter, and he accepts. Now they live in the same house, and Mama Elena cannot forbid their love as she did their marriage.

March 4 – Trumbo (2015), from US, in English, 124 minutes, Rated R

In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood’s top screenwriter, until he and other artists were blacklisted for their political beliefs.


April 1 – Room (2015), from Ireland, in English, 118 minutes, Rated R

Both highly suspenseful and deeply emotional, ROOM is a unique and touching exploration of the boundless love between a mother and her child. After 5-year-old Jack and his Ma escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery: the outside world. As he experiences all the joy, excitement and fear that this new adventure brings, he holds tight to the one thing that matters most of all – his special bond with his loving and devoted Ma.

May 6 – My Name is Khan (2010), from India (in Hindi), 165 minutes, Rated PG-13

Rizwan Khan, a Muslim from the Borivali section of Mumbai, suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism that complicates socialization. The adult Rizwan marries a Hindu woman, Mandira, in San Francisco. After 9/11, Rizwan is detained by authorities at LAX who mistake his disability for suspicious behavior. He meets Radh, a therapist, who helps him deal with his situation and his affliction. Rizwan then begins a journey to meet US President Bush to clear his name.